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Nov 11, 2012

Taking the first step...

For months now I've thought about writing a blog. Why haven't I done it until now? I'm not exactly sure. Honestly, in the spirit of transparency, I think the biggest reason is the thought of being judged by others. I'm a strong, independent person. I'm a professional, I'm educated, I make decisions all day long and have logical reasons to back up those decisions. I like to tell myself that I don't really care what other people think of me. But when you lay it all out for everyone to see....it's nerve-wracking!

I follow several blogs that have been incredible resources. They've been helpful in more ways than I can explain. I don't have this jaded belief that I know all there is to know about parenting, food allergies, or anything else for that matter. I'm not perfect. I make mistakes and I strive to learn from them. The blogs that I've read have been a form of real-life education that I don't think I could find anywhere else. Reading the innermost thoughts and feelings of other parents, mothers, food allergy advocates, has been a great learning experience for me. I only hope that by using this blog as an outlet, I may be able to be a resource to others and add some valuable life experiences for them.

Shortly after my son, Mason, turned six months old, he was diagnosed with severe allergies to dairy and eggs. This didn't come as much of a surprise because my then four-year old nephew had been diagnosed with allergies to dairy, eggs and peanuts shortly after his first birthday and I knew the symptoms. Managing food allergies was a normal part of life for us. Thankfully, Mason grew out of his egg allergy around 20 months and enjoys eggs with no issues! We are however, still handling his life-threatening milk allergy.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find healthy, milk-free foods. I have been researching and learning new ways to convert our favorite "old" recipes into much healthier meals that the whole family can enjoy! I can only hope that by sharing some of my own tried and true recipes, I can help make the life of others managing allergies just a little easier!
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